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While I was looking through the list of the promotional meals daily updates in my inbox- Blue Med was interesting as it was located at Midvalley Megamall and then eh, from the  brief introduction – Blue Med was headed by an Iron Chef, Chef Yasuhiro Sasajima .  I  hadn’t dined in any Iron Chef kitchen before ! Sold….

It was easy to find Blue Med, just look for the fountain that linked Midvalley to The Gardens and beside it, you will see Blue Med. This is said to be a Mediterranean + Italian restaurant

We  find  the selection at Blue Med was rather limited. From the lunch menu- for the  main course : one could opt for 6 choices of pasta with price ranging from RM18 – 24 or 3 choices of 9 inch pizza with price ranging from RM16 – 20 or if you prefer order the main course that include : cutlet of dory fish with carrot  rapees, pan fried sea bass with braise clam and mussel, pan fried salmon with broccoli and cauliflower , rolled chicken with roasted potato or pan fried beef tagliata with grilled vegetables with prices ranging from RM18-38. Sorry ah, no chicken chop Maryland or pork chop with black pepper sauce one- this is Iron Chef you know..don’t play play one..

Our visit was on a Saturday lunch hour, Blue Med had a healthy crowd- almost all the tables were taken up. The kitchen was the open concept style, I was almost expecting to see the chef cursing at the kitchen staff ala Gordon Ramsey style and the  kitchen staff going ‘Yes Chef’ in a chorus..but I guess these people at Blue Med was more civilized than what I saw from  Hell Kitchen lah.blue med kitchen

We had RM100 to spend and did a bit of calculations before we order our meal to make sure that we do not exceed the budget. We decided to go for :  Capriciossa salad with eggs, beef bacon, black olives and tuna, and the pan fried sea bass plus the Sasajima’s set  menu for RM50 which include soup, a main course of spaghetti , dessert and tea/coffee. (There was also a RM70 set meal )

For drinks, we asked for plain waterwater

First up was bread plus olive oil seasoned with something ..err…  balsamic vinegar (?)..the oil was light and the warm bread had a wonderful dense yet soft texture. I likeyyybread

Capriciossa salad (RM24) –I loved the tuna flakes, the strips of beef bacon and of course the olives , this was delicioussalad

From the Sasajima set menu : Salad of the day with grilled vegetable, grapefruit bubbles and tapenade, the presentation was beautiful, this was the first time ( the suar-par-kau translated to mean monkey from the jungle) that I get  bubbles on my meals and tapenade , the vegetables include yam cubes, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes and unidentified vegetable ( the long ones you see in the pix below) . Taste wise I won’t say this was outstanding but I was still trying to get over the bubbles.salad1

Soup of the day was potato soup, the plate was soo big and the little cavity containing the soup was err..not soo big. The soup was nice very slight grainy texture albeit a bit oily with pieces of croutons floating  in the soup.soup

Pan fried sea bass with braise clam and mussel, seaweed flavour ( RM24), the piece of sea bass was supported by clams and mussels atop the seaweed soup/gravy. The fish was fresh and sweet and the soup was like the Chinese seaweed soup which was an interesting combination . This was kind of hard to photograph as the colour of the dish was rather bland.sea bass

From the Sasajima set menu , spaghetti tomato sauce with grilled red snapper  and cherry tomato, I was a bit worried about the dish as I am not a fan of tomato sauce with my spaghetti but then ahh..my worries were for nothing as , coating the spaghetti was a light and fresh  tomato sauce which was not thickly overpowering. Iciban !spaghetti

Next was dessert of the day which was walnut mousse and coffee- this would usually costs RM16 but this was also part of the  Sasajima set menu- another beautiful presentation. There were a large number of walnuts served on top of the dessert, a bit too much for my liking as my liking does  not include walnuts. Taste wise, I would say that this was so-so ( not just because of the walnuts) – I find this a bit bland there were no outstanding flavours that screamed ‘ eat me’.dessert

 

And lastly- coffee…hmmmm…kopi

Overall, a good meal, service was excellent, the staff do not wait to be called but take proactive action, for instance one waiter saw Carmen taking a fork to get some the spaghetti from my plate and immediately , a side plate was delivered to our table. And when dessert came , two spoons were provided.

Location :
Unit 27-G Ground Flr & Unit 27-1 First Flr,
Signature Office,
The Boulevard, Mid Valley City ,
Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur
03-2201 5081

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I like Indonesian food, nasi padang, bakso , soto, gado gado errr…yes, I like Indonesian food and I can’t name them ..err..that is how much I like Indonesian food, seriously, I like Indonesian food. It was with glee that I saw the Groupon promotion for Bumbu Desa. Yehawww…buy buy buy.

We arrive at Bumbu Desa at Level 2, Mid Valley Magamall at lunch time and the place was rather full, and the thing is that being halal and Indonesian, this restaurant seemed to be able to cater for a wider range of crowd , I see Malays, Chinese, Indians, Indonesians and maybe a few dan lain lain , having their lunch at Bumbu Desa.

We showed the waiter our Groupon printout and were immediately handed a menu specially created for this occasion, we look see look see and finally decide to go for Set B because of the squid curry, and that we can exchange the Dendeng goreng ( something to do with beef) with a chicken curry.menu

The setting was distinctively Indonesian- with the Indonesian puppets adorning one of the walls, the waiters were clad in sarongs and headgear. I check the net for the meaning of ‘bumbu’ and wikipedia tells me that this mean- spices mixture or seasoning.

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The first dish was  brought to our table, and then they seemed unstoppable, the dishes came – fast and furious in a continuos flow..so many of them..wow..

The rice came in a quaint steel potrice

I had to get my hands on the Gado –gado first, remembering the good stuff I had during my Indonesian trips, did I tell you that I like Indonesian food ? From the menu , the ingredients in Gado-gado were said to include – steamed mixed vegetable plus eggs, potatoes, tofu, tempe and keropok ( crackers) served with peanut sauce , which is kinda like the satay sauce. The Bumbu Desa version of gado-gado was a bit disappointing, the sauce lacked richness and the fragrant peanut-ish flavour- as the sauce is the major ingredient that determine the tastiness of the dish..so…this was not to my liking lah.gado2

Gulai cumi ( squid curry) – the squid was hard / overcooked, I think most of dishes came from a buffet-like selection at the counter- which maybe mean that the food were overly exposed or maybe cooked too long. The pieces of squid had some kind of stuffing in them , the texture of the stuffing was like chicken. The curry that the squid were swimming in  was watery and taste wise- average.cumi

Chicken curry—I am not a fan of chicken breast,  so to see a piece of chicken breast  in the curry was something that did not particularly bring a smile to my face. Luckily the meat was not that tough but the curry taste rather similar to the sotong curry.chicken kari

Ayam bakar – in the menu it was supposed to be ayam bakar, and what arrived at our table was well, a chicken that was probably bakar-ed ( grilled) although instead of being dry, the chicken piece ( OHH NO..more chicken breast !!) was coated with a tomato-ish paste kinda gravy. The gravy was not too bad- tangy and sweet-spicy-ish. But being served chicken breast- ( which by the way,  was tender and moist)  I had to discount this by 50% . ( anyway, if we had known- we should have requested for other parts of the chicken rather than leaving it to fate, hor ?)ayam

Perkedel jagung ( corn fritters) and tahu goreng ( deep fried tofu), the menu described the perkedel as – a blend  sweet corn, egg and flour, deep fried to a golden crisp. The fritters had a nice sweetness of corn and it was crispy on the outside and a bit of a chew on the insides. deep fried tofu had a nice tough texture. This was nice.tofu and corn

Tumis kangkong ( water cress tumis-ed) , this was too spicy for me..ah ah…so spicy one..and also so salty one..kangkong

Gulai daun singkong – cassava leaves ( daun ubi kayu ?)  cooked in spicy yellow curry.  A bit salty and taste wise -nothing much else.daun singkong

The above dishes were  supposed to be what was in Set B, but then we also had a soup delivered to our table- this must be sayur asem ( which was available in the other two sets) ? if this was saying asem which means salty vegetable, then the menu described it as a variety of vegetables steamed in water that was already ‘bumbu’-ed  and cooked traditionally . It was extraordinary salty !! Images of kidney failure flitted across my mind .2013-05-18 12.56.11

Overall, I would say this was a so-so meal. The servings were generous though and the staff were nice and friendly. Iced or plain water is on the house.

 Location :
 Lot S045, Level 2, Mid Valley Megamall,
Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel : +603-2282 2825
Website : http://www.bumbudesa.my/?page_id=521
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I frequent Mid Valley but mostly at the ‘average income’ section of the Megamall, i.e. the Jusco Aeon, Carrefour side. To me, The Gardens section of the Megamall is for the rich and famous, where the shops bear unpronounceable names and come with abominable price tags  posh and where doormen with white gloves open their doors to the privileged few.. Anyway, the makan trip this time took us to Pastis Cafe, which is on the ‘rich man’ side of the Midvalley Megamall, Pastic Cafe is not difficult to locate, it is at the Ground Floor beside Isetan.

The RM20 deal was for  a 3 course meal : starter +  main course of either : Lamb Shank on Bed of Potatoes / Dory Fish Orange-Flavoured with Vegetable and Butter Rice or Honey Grilled Chicken with Butter Rice + dessert + free flow of drinks. One could sit on the ‘terrace’ or to sit inside the cafe where it is more quiet and private.

We chose to have our meal at the inside of  the cafe which was cozy  and comfy. For main course, we decide to forfeit the chicken and chose to have lamb shanks and Dory fish. For drinks- which was free flow- we had to get our own at the counter, the selection include : apple juice, water, iced tea and air bandung. The drinks vats weren’t labeled, so we had to get the waiter’s help to tell us what they were. In the picture below the vats are below the gigantic flower arrangement …

It was kinda interesting that they serve air bandung as I didn’t expect a  ‘western style’ cafe to serve something so local. Anyway, for information purpose, I did a www search for  ‘air bandung’ and extract from Wikipedia: Air bandung consists of milk flavoured with rose cordial syrup, giving a pink colour. (ok, this info I thing we know lah ).  The drink is an adaptation of rose milk served in India. In the Malay language. the term bandung means “pairs”, while sirap means syrup and air means “water”.More broadly, bandung refers to anything that is mixed from other ingredients or comes in pairs. Despite the name, there is no connection to the city of Bandung in Indonesia and the drink actually cannot be found there. “Bandung” was available as early as the 1960s where it was favored by the Malay community. Oh…I always thought that the drink had something to do with Bandung Indonesia..now I know I should not think so often…

Starters was mushroom soup, which had the expected mushroomy texture and taste..this was not too bad..

My makan companion  for the day commented on the table setting —‘.the setting is nice but why do they use white paper to line the table on top of the table cloth’  ..well, indeed ! I guess it makes life easier for one to clear the table and clean the table cloth..but this deducted 1,000 points from the presentation point of view lorrr..

When the lamb shank arrived, we were impressed by the portion..wow…Pastis is generous !  The meat was tender, succulent and didn’t have that gamey smell, this was nice..

I had the Dory fish orange-flavoured with vegetable and butter rice, the orange flavour was a bit too mild to cover the slightly fishy taste of the dory. The meat was too soft and fine- maybe this is the characteristic of dory- I guess that is why I still like my fried kembung fish.  The side dish combination of pickled carrot, tomatoes and zucchini was average lah, I like my rice dry and hard so I didn’t really like the soft rice that was drenched in orange gravy

For dessert, again, another local twist ( one of the blog I read said this was al-cheapo..haha..), sago with coconut meal, I thought the whipped cream on top of a pretty glob of sagu looked  pretty and appetizing ( well, I guess I am al-cheapo too ).  Initally, I only tasted the santan and thought the dessert taste rather bland, and only on the second scoop that I got to the gula melaka (palm sugar) which was rather blissful….

The service crew seemed to be fully foreign and we found the service was so-so.. Overall, I would say the meal was about average only  lah. Pastis Cafe is a pork free restaurant

Location :

KG-02, Ground Floor,
The Gardens,
Mid Valley City.
Tel : 03 2288 1559